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I just backed a dream for Kanane's L’Union Group in Goma, North Kivu province, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Kanane is a 29 year mother of 8.  She will buy 160 lengths of fabric. In doing this, she hopes to grow her capital, educate and feed her children. :: http://www.kiva.org/lend/842316
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+Ambra Medda is the co-founder and creative director of L'ArcoBaleno, an online retail brand that offers contemporary collectible design alongside industry reports, which launched in 2013.
 
She co-founded Design Miami – the annual limited-edition fair that coincides with Art Basel...
 
The Greece-born curator has previously independently organised shows for contemporary art collective Stareleene, and has co-curated a group exhibition for the Lower East Side Girl's Club.
Design Miami co-founder Ambra Medda has started a new role as global creative director for auction house Christie's department 20/21 Design
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http://www.bentinhomassaro.com/about/ "In conjunction with the Bentinho Massaro Team, the Free Awareness Foundation Team, and the help of all of you, our global community, we are steadily setting forth our vision of a flowering Earth, where love, compassion and integrity reign naturally; where the need for control or manipulation has vanished because all have realized their innate power to be fulfilled within and to create beauty all around, no matter what."
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"....conflicts were rooted in a larger and more fundamental culture clash that has plagued the project from the start: A collision between the First Look executives, who by and large come from a highly structured Silicon Valley corporate environment, and the fiercely independent journalists who view corporate cultures and management-speak with disdain. That divide is a regular feature in many newsrooms, but it was exacerbated by First Look’s avowed strategy of hiring exactly those journalists who had cultivated reputations as anti-authoritarian iconoclasts."
Matt Taibbi, who joined First Look Media just seven months ago, left the company on Tuesday. His departure—which he describes as a refusal to accept a work reassignment, and the company describes as a resignation—was the culmination of months of contentious disputes with First Look founder Pierre Omidyar, chief operating officer Randy Ching, and president>>
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Paul Klein is a SupporTED Mentor for TED Fellows.  

He has long been an art advocate and proponent for art in Chicago. In 2006 his long-term contributions were acknowledged by the Chicago Society of Artists when he was selected as their 2006 Man of the Year.
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Wang Ping is an author, poet, and educator who was born in Shanghai, China during the cultural revolution. She was also one of the judges for the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize.
Wang Ping is an author, poet, and educator who was born in Shanghai, China during the cultural revolution. ; She is the author of two collections of poetry The Magic Whip and Of Flesh and Spiri...
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Daniel Kane interviews the poet Wang Ping | March 19,1999

DK: Was your poem "Syntax" an attempt at validating "incorrect" usage of the English language, usage that somehow positively alters the way we speak?

WP: Yes. This poem came out of a conversation I had with a poet named Leonard Schwartz. I was talking to him and I made a grammatical mistake. He was correcting me and I said "What difference does it make?" I suddenly realized I could write a poem out of that. I wanted to explore the relationship between language and nature, language and the body, language and culture.

DK: In the first couplet, would the line "She walk to table" be a literal translation of what a Chinese person would say?

WP: Yes. In Chinese we have almost no grammar. We don't have third person singular - you don't need to put an s after a verb. We don't really have past tense, or verb changes according to the rule of tenses. Occasionally we add one word to indicate the past. Mostly, though, the way we indicate time depends on a context that we're in.

DK: If that's the case, what's the tension here between the correct grammar line and the literal translation line?

WP: Well, I'm not so sure about this specific case, but I know that I have to think about English in an entirely different way than I think about Chinese. I don't think about Chinese - its roots, where it came from - because it's my mother tongue. When I write in English, though, I have to think about the root of the word - I have to go to the root a lot of times. I have to check things all the time - in this way I find a lot of things that a native speaker might not notice. I like this, because I like the feeling of getting at the roots of language, the origins of language.

DK: What do you think the relationship of your line "No sentence really complete thought" is to your own poetics?

WP: That line is a direct influence from Ezra Pound. Ernest Fenollosa's book The Chinese Written Character As a Medium for Poetry, which has an introduction by Ezra Pound, was very important for me. This taught me that the Chinese language is a kind of natural bridge between language and poetry. That book really started me thinking about the basic elements of language - how we should go back to the roots and come out with a fresh angle. Also, it made me think about how grammar and language without syntax affect the way we see things. Chinese bears an internal logic even though there's hardly any grammar - I believe it's close to nature, to cycles of movement. A sentence is very forced, in a way, especially the way it ends with a period. The natural way of how things move tends to be more continuous than a grammatically correct line allows for, which is how I tend to write. I encourage my students to rethink how the human mind works, especially in terms of language. After all, the way we think is not limited to grammatically correct ways of speaking and writing. Instead, we think more continuously. When my students "get" this, it frees them up to write in more experimental, fragmentary, and natural ways. Lots of fragments, juxtapositions.

DK: What advice would you give a student who is a speaker of English as a second language if that student is, like you were, determined to write English-language poetry?

WP: Try to take advantage of your purported shortcomings. Treat each word as if it was a toy. Imagine that you're in a huge playground of language, and have fun with the words. At the same time, introduce your own culture into the poem, bring in your mother-tongue language into it. Do a lot of literal translations, even transcriptions with the sound of a foreign word in your poem.

DK: How would you say you've incorporated your Chinese culture into your poetry?

WP: I spell out Chinese words phonetically when I want to go into old Chinese sayings and proverbs. These things are so coated with years and years of wisdom and cultural dust. I try to go in and bring out what was originally there. I also look at Chinese language and culture via the English language - it's fun to do that.
~http://www.macalester.edu/.../others/interview031999.html
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A Tribute to Pumpkin

My precious cat died a month ago, 10/20/2014. She came to us 15 years ago, when she was but a few months old. I miss her furry little body, her impish, mischievous play as the kitty she was, admire the deep zen alone meditation, solidly on the earth, that centered much of her adult time here. Am extremely glad and grateful for her life in mine.

A year ago a dear friend asked after Pumpkin and I gave this partial explanation:

"Pumpkin was the runt of a litter spawned from a neighbor's laissez faire relationship to his cats. There was a moment when I had the choice to leave Pumpkin to fend for herself with the coyotes in the canyon et al. Any resistance was quickly melted by her kitten magic cattitude. She became family. And once she was family there was no question she would need to eat what she eats. When she lay lizards and birds at my feet, I rolled my eyes. It wasn't my way and I couldn't give her any encouragement there. She stopped doing that."

She was the most unfailingly authentic person I've ever known. Sure, there were times I was annoyed with Pumpkin, but she was never annoying. She was always purely herself. Still is. Love.
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Sweet kitty, Dan; so sorry she's gone, I feel for you.
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15-year-old Angelo Casimiro from the Philippines recently made international news with a new invention that generates electricity in a very new and interesting way.
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